Definition of copperplate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒpəpleɪt/


1A polished copper plate with a design engraved or etched into it.
Example sentences
  • Much controversy still remains regarding the techniques used, but all processes began with etching and/or engraving the desired design on a copperplate.
  • Then the copperplate is etched, and the image transferred onto fine Japanese paper.
  • By the age of eleven, Maria could engrave a copperplate.
1.1A print made from a copperplate.
Example sentences
  • The atlas's hundreds of thousands of copperplate pages rolled off his nine Amsterdam printing presses (then the largest in the world) at a time when the Dutch East India Company was dominating Asian trade and mapping its territories.
2 [mass noun] A style of neat, round handwriting, usually slanted and looped, the thick and thin strokes being made by pressure with a flexible metal nib.
The copybooks for this writing were originally printed from copperplates
Example sentences
  • Even then I regretted not being allowed to learn and to use copperplate but the days of the flexible steel pen nib were already ending.
  • Please note that he only wants entries via email, so if your manuscript is written in copperplate across twenty-seven violet-scented onionskin pages, start typing.
  • The hand with which she wrote her reply still showed the strong traces of a schoolgirl's copperplate, but her careless haste removed from it the appearance of any formality.


Of or in copperplate writing.
Example sentences
  • A painting of the sun setting over the sea in his book in 1921 was accompanied by the following message in very small copperplate writing.
  • Visitors can take their place at desks in three period classrooms and write on slates with chalk before progressing to dip pens and exercise books to practise ornate copperplate writing.
  • Not since Arthur Stace's copperplate eternity signature graced Sydney's streets in the '50s has street art attracted such attention.

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